City & Government, Community

In brief: Week of May 30

Lane to receive drought resiliency investments

Lane and Douglas counties will receive $1.22 million and $4 million, respectively, in drought resiliency funding as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley recently announced.

“In Oregon and throughout the West, we know firsthand how much the climate crisis has devastated our communities and economies with drought and other impacts,” Wyden said. “Solutions for water storage and innovative ways to capture and reuse water are key strategies to support communities throughout Oregon now, and into the future.” 

The Bureau of Reclamation announced an award to the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission in Lane County to upgrade existing infrastructure for water filtering, disinfection, storage, and conveyance to deliver up to 1.3 million gallons of Class A recycled water per day for public works and industrial uses. 

In Douglas County, the Tri-City Joint Water and Sanitary Authority will use its resources from the Reclamation Bureau to build a new 300,000-gallon potable water storage tank and associated infrastructure, significantly improving water delivery efficiency and flexibility to bolster drought resilience.

Summer construction on 126

There are several projects along Highway 126E and throughout Oregon, so be prepared for delays. The Blue River and Fish Hole Bridges project is located near milepost 40. The Linn County line to Old Highway 126 paving project involves 12-hour closures of this section of highway. The Rumble Strips project involves sections of highway throughout Oregon. 

Credit union coming to Grove

Oregon Community Credit Union is coming to Cottage Grove  in June at 150 N. Gateway Blvd. Cottage Grove will be OCCU’s 15th branch.

— Chronicle staff reports

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